San Diego County Crime Stoppers and the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit continue to look for leads in the unsolved homicide of Sergio Sprandel.

Detectives said on August 31, 2000, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Sergio Sprandel was shot to death near his vehicle, in the parking lot of La Jolla Village Square located in the 8600 block of La Jolla Drive. 

Witnesses saw two males running through the parking lot from Sprandel’s direction and enter a black SUV.  One of the males was described as white, 6’3” in height and weighing 240 lbs. He had dark curly hair and a full beard.  The second subject was described as an Asian male, 6”1”, thin with long hair with the sides shaved.  The subjects entered the vehicle and drove through the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle is described as a black SUV similar to a 1997 Ford Explorer or newer with oversized tires, chrome rims and tinted windows. 

Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect(s) responsible for this case is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Collect calls are accepted and callers may remain anonymous.

  • Media inquiries regarding the investigation should be directed to Lt. Ernie Herbert at (619) 531-2275.
  • For media inquiries regarding Crime Stopper please contact Officer James Johnson at (619) 531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547.

For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous.  The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion.  The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000.  Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580-TIPS.